There’s a fundamental contradiction between civic infrastructure assumed to unite cities, and Ruben Ochoa’s view of these structures as barricades that segregate populations. In his studio practice he chooses to work with materials used to build the urban fabric—dirt, rebar, concrete, galvanized metal fence posts—as commentary on social structures and access. In Los Angeles, streets trace the contours of hillsides while the freeway system gouges through neighborhoods, creating divisions. The infrastructure of LA is sometimes considered a circulatory system, albeit a clogged one, that unites the metropolis. Ochoa excavates parts of roads, walls, fences, and foundations that he considers indicators of boundaries intended to keep populations separate, and he then creates sculptures based on these extracted elements.